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RIP Larry Klein GT Motors Lansing Mi

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  1. motoguzziman

    motoguzziman Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Im passing this on from Brian :

    Lost my best friend. Larry Klein of GT Motors Lansing ,MI. longtime Guzzi dealer and book seller, passed on Sunday or Monday. He was on the first vacation I've ever known him to take sailing to the British Virgin Islands with friends. He was apparently swimming when overcome by some kind of medical issue. The events surrounding his death are somewhat murky at this time. Some of you may have known him as the "book guy", attending many swap meets, Wauseon, Mid-Ohio, AHRMA events and so on. I spoke with Larry almost every day for the last 30 years of my life he will be greatly missed. He was an asset to the motorcycle world and also helped to bring voting rights to many people in Mississippi in the early 1960s.

    I thought some of might want to know.
    wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=75127.0

    From MG... Sadly, a lot of people, have lost a fountain of knowledge, not just Moto Guzzi folk, but all bike restorers everywhere.
    Apart from the mainly Guzzi workshop, Larry was the Go To guy for any of the arcane mystic rituals of Letting The Smoke Out !
    If he did not have a copy of whatever bike manual that You need NOW, he knew where he could source one, fast.
    As yet Brian is in the dark, cos he does not know if it was a heart attack or cramp or whatever.
    I will update as and when.
    Enjoy Today ! Cos You Don't Know, Whats Going To Happen Tomorrow !
     
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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    I hope he twists the throttle high in the sky. God Speed.
     
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    DeVere Just got it firing!

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    I spent hours and hours with Larry just talking Guzzi stuff. We stood around his shop and ran through the decades of history. He could walk to a shelf and produce magic while recalling exactly where a unique part was stashed 7 years ago. He showed me his entire collection over several visits and I never tired of it. He will be missed. He even helped me when I had a breakdown to diagnose while riding in Canada where I was obviously many miles from help but just a phone call away. I have been trying to reach him for a week to locate a tach for my 1998 EV1100. He seemed to always have what I needed or as has been said, could quickly source it. His knowledge was encyclopedic. What a loss for the motorcycle family.
     
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    bmc5733946 Just got it firing!

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    Memorial service for Larry Klein:
    Saturday, April 18 from 2:00-5:00 pm
    Gorsline Runciman East Lansing chapel
    1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823
    Brian
     
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    bmc5733946 Just got it firing!

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    Larry's obit from www.lsj.com

    Lawrence E. Klein

    Born in Lansing, MI, passed away on March 9, 2015 at the age of 71. He was born to Lawrence R. Klein of Negaunee, MI and Elsie R. Klein of New York City, NY. Larry enjoyed a lifelong passion for motorcycles (particularly of the Italian variety), literature (of every variety), and civil rights advocacy. He was widely respected as a Moto Guzzi motorcycle expert, and shared his knowledge openly. In 1972, Larry opened GT Motors in Lansing, Michigan, with friend and business partner Michael Gorman. After Michael left the business in 1977, Larry ran GT Motors as a solo venture, providing motorcycle repair and parts service. In recent years, Larry shifted his focus from motorcycle repair to motorcycle literature, and he collaborated with several celebrated authors to publish new titles. In addition to his work, Larry's interests included fishing, history, and foods from around the world.

    Larry is survived by his son, Paul R. Klein; sister Elea Mideke; nephews Rowan Mideke and Reed Mideke; and many dear friends.

    A memorial will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 2-5 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's honor to the Southern Poverty Law Center.


    Brian
     

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